There's been precious little good news for the traveling public lately, so it comes as a welcome relief to report a positive development at the world's largest airline.
American is reprising its AAdvantage Short-Hop awards, allowing members of its loyalty program to book round-trip awards on routes under 750 miles each way for 15,000 miles—a savings of 10,000 miles over the normal 25,000-mile price.
The discounted prices are being offered as a promotion, on a limited-time basis, for award travel between September 1, 2007, and February 29, 2008, on nonstop flights operated by American, American Eagle or AmericanConnection carriers.
Not to quibble with a good thing, but it could be better. Why not, for example, apply a similar short-haul discount for first-class awards, or for unrestricted awards?
Still, anything that adds to the program's overall value—especially improvements on the program's award side—is a step in the right direction.
Visit American's site for details.